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by call_me_rhia

This is a low-elevation hike that can be done about all-year round, although in winter it's bitterly cold (but mostly snow-free). It starts from the top of the San Salvatore mountain, above Lugano, which you can reach by funicular from Lugano-Paradiso. The first stretch is all downhill, to the hamlet of Ciona and the village of Carona. From there you should follow the signs pointing you towards Morcote - there are two paths, with the one going through the botanical garden being the nicest one. At some point, about 2-3 hours after you've left, you'll come across an alp turned into restaurant in the middle of agrazing meadow (Alpe Vicania). There is a flight of stairs leading to the village of Morcote (avoid it - there are over 1000 leg-killing steps). Take the unpaved road to the right and follow the signs to Vico Morcote, another tiny and cheerful village - and from there follow the signs to Morcote, an old traditional fishing village. All together it should take 4-5 hours, and from Morcote you can either take the bus or boat back to Lugano

Equipment: Hiking boots and some water. In Carona you can refill your water bottle, so don't take too much water with you

Address: San Salvatore - Morcote
Directions: it starts right above Lugano and it leads you over the "peninsula" as far as Morcote
Theme: Hiking

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  • Written Oct 19, 2003
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